SENATE BILL 6272





                        57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the Senate February 11, 2002

  YEAS 48   NAYS 0




President of the Senate


Passed by the House March 7, 2002

  YEAS 79   NAYS 14



I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is  SENATE BILL 6272 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.




Speaker of the

      House of Representatives









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Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                         SENATE BILL 6272



             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington   57th Legislature        2002 Regular Session


By Senators Long, Hargrove and Costa; by request of Department of Social and Health Services


Read first time 01/14/2002.  Referred to Committee on Human Services & Corrections.

Authorizing contracts for provision of basic medical care to sexually violent predators.

    AN ACT Relating to contracting for medical care services under chapter 71.09 RCW; amending RCW 71.09.020; adding a new section to chapter 71.09 RCW; and declaring an emergency.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  A new section is added to chapter 71.09 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the secretary may enter into contracts with health care practitioners, health care facilities, and other entities or agents as may be necessary to provide basic medical care to residents.  The contracts shall not cause the termination of classified employees of the department rendering the services at the time the contract is executed.

    (2) In contracting for services, the secretary is authorized to provide for indemnification of health care practitioners who cannot obtain professional liability insurance through reasonable effort, from liability on any action, claim, or proceeding instituted against them arising out of the good faith performance or failure of performance of services on behalf of the department.  The contracts may provide that for the purposes of chapter 4.92 RCW only, those health care practitioners with whom the department has contracted shall be considered state employees.


    Sec. 2.  RCW 71.09.020 and 2001 2nd sp.s. c 12 s 102 are each amended to read as follows:

    Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter.

    (1) "Department" means the department of social and health services.

    (2) "Health care facility" means any hospital, hospice care center, licensed or certified health care facility, health maintenance organization regulated under chapter 48.46 RCW, federally qualified health maintenance organization, federally approved renal dialysis center or facility, or federally approved blood bank.

    (3) "Health care practitioner" means an individual or firm licensed or certified to engage actively in a regulated health profession.

    (4) "Health care services" means those services provided by health professionals licensed pursuant to RCW 18.120.020(4).

    (5) "Health profession" means those licensed or regulated professions set forth in RCW 18.120.020(4).

    (6) "Less restrictive alternative" means court‑ordered treatment in a setting less restrictive than total confinement which satisfies the conditions set forth in RCW 71.09.092.

    (((3))) (7) "Likely to engage in predatory acts of sexual violence if not confined in a secure facility" means that the person more probably than not will engage in such acts if released unconditionally from detention on the sexually violent predator petition.  Such likelihood must be evidenced by a recent overt act if the person is not totally confined at the time the petition is filed under RCW 71.09.030.

    (((4))) (8) "Mental abnormality" means a congenital or acquired condition affecting the emotional or volitional capacity which predisposes the person to the commission of criminal sexual acts in a degree constituting such person a menace to the health and safety of others.

    (((5))) (9) "Predatory" means acts directed towards:  (a) Strangers; (b) individuals with whom a relationship has been established or promoted for the primary purpose of victimization; or (c) persons of casual acquaintance with whom no substantial personal relationship exists.

    (((6))) (10) "Recent overt act" means any act or threat that has either caused harm of a sexually violent nature or creates a reasonable apprehension of such harm in the mind of an objective person who knows of the history and mental condition of the person engaging in the act.

    (((7))) (11) "Risk potential activity" or "risk potential facility" means an activity or facility that provides a higher incidence of risk to the public from persons conditionally released from the special commitment center.  Risk potential activities and facilities include:  Public and private schools, school bus stops, licensed day care and licensed preschool facilities, public parks, publicly dedicated trails, sports fields, playgrounds, recreational and community centers, churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and public libraries.

    (((8))) (12) "Secretary" means the secretary of social and health services or the secretary's designee.

    (((9))) (13) "Secure facility" means a residential facility for persons civilly confined under the provisions of this chapter that includes security measures sufficient to protect the community.  Such facilities include total confinement facilities, secure community transition facilities, and any residence used as a court-ordered placement under RCW 71.09.096.

    (((10))) (14) "Secure community transition facility" means a residential facility for persons civilly committed and conditionally released to a less restrictive alternative under this chapter.  A secure community transition facility has supervision and security, and either provides or ensures the provision of sex offender treatment services.  Secure community transition facilities include but are not limited to the facilities established pursuant to RCW 71.09.250 and any community‑based facilities established under this chapter and operated by the secretary or under contract with the secretary.

    (((11))) (15) "Sexually violent offense" means an act committed on, before, or after July 1, 1990, that is:  (a) An act defined in Title 9A RCW as rape in the first degree, rape in the second degree by forcible compulsion, rape of a child in the first or second degree, statutory rape in the first or second degree, indecent liberties by forcible compulsion, indecent liberties against a child under age fourteen, incest against a child under age fourteen, or child molestation in the first or second degree; (b) a felony offense in effect at any time prior to July 1, 1990, that is comparable to a sexually violent offense as defined in (a) of this subsection, or any federal or out-of-state conviction for a felony offense that under the laws of this state would be a sexually violent offense as defined in this subsection; (c) an act of murder in the first or second degree, assault in the first or second degree, assault of a child in the first or second degree, kidnapping in the first or second degree, burglary in the first degree, residential burglary, or unlawful imprisonment, which act, either at the time of sentencing for the offense or subsequently during civil commitment proceedings pursuant to this chapter, has been determined beyond a reasonable doubt to have been sexually motivated, as that term is defined in RCW 9.94A.030; or (d) an act as described in chapter 9A.28 RCW, that is an attempt, criminal solicitation, or criminal conspiracy to commit one of the felonies designated in (a), (b), or (c) of this subsection.

    (((12))) (16) "Sexually violent predator" means any person who has been convicted of or charged with a crime of sexual violence and who suffers from a mental abnormality or personality disorder which makes the person likely to engage in predatory acts of sexual violence if not confined in a secure facility.

    (((13))) (17) "Total confinement facility" means a facility that provides supervision and sex offender treatment services in a total confinement setting.  Total confinement facilities include the special commitment center and any similar facility designated as a secure facility by the secretary.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.  This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately.


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